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Moffitt Library 4th Floor Terrace Closure, March 27-31

View from Moffitt Library

The Moffitt fourth floor terrace will be closed during the week of March 27-31. This includes the fourth floor entrance to Moffitt Library. Please enter on the third floor of Moffitt next week to access all levels. 

The terrace will be closed as part of the terrace remodeling project. Construction crews will be jackhammering throughout the week. We anticipate this work to be loud and expect that vibrations could be felt throughout the building. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.   

Seeking artists, photographers, data scientists, researchers and designers for Moffitt Library!

Moffitt Art Banner

Moffitt Library invites undergraduate students to submit their art or design works for the 2017-2018 academic year to be displayed on floors four and five. This opportunity is open to current undergraduates at UC Berkeley. Current pieces on display and full guidelines can be viewed online.We are interested in flat, wall-mounted works, including (but not limited to):

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Photography
  • Data visualizations
  • Architectural designs
  • Research posters
  • Graphic designs

Submission deadline lis April 7, 2017. Decisions will be announced in early May. Please direct all questions and inquiries to Jean Ferguson, Learning and Research Communities Librarian, at jean.ferguson@berkeley.edu.

Apply here!

New Exhibit: Literatura de Cordel

Literatura de Cordel exhibit case

This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are several themes that are portrayed in these chap-books. A story is narrated within the cordel in a poetic form and themes can vary from religious, political, social and romantic. The curatorial team that consists of Dr. Liladhar Pendse, Aisha Hamilton and Kevin Cloud invites to visit the physical exhibit in the Moffitt Library through June 30, 2017. However for those who cannot come to the campus, we have prepared an online counterpart of this physical exhibition.

“Agents of Change” screens on March 1 in Movies @ Moffitt

Movie poster

Agents of Change is directed by Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg.

Agents of Change documents university student activism in the late 1960s that worked toward a variety of goals, including the establishment of black and ethnic studies programs and building resistance to the war in Vietnam. The filmmakers envision this project as part of a social movement, rather than simply a film — a stance demonstrated in the way that the film suggests a continuity of struggle from past organizing efforts to more current movements in favor of justice both on and off campus.

Wednesday, March 1 from 7 to 9 pm
405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Free; open to UCB students only (UCB student ID required).
Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester.

Video: Checking out Moffitt’s reimagined study spaces

Library social media interns Chadwick Bowlin and Rika Pokala survey the new study spaces on Moffitt floors four and five.

Movies @ Moffitt on Dec. 7 features The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

The Movies @ Moffitt series features films selected by students for students, on the first Wednesday of each month.

Movies @ Moffitt December 2016

Title: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Director: Brett Story
Summary: An essential documentary, Brett Story’s incisive, investigative and wide-ranging The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is an examination of the prison and its place – social, economic and psychological – in American society. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a sweeping portrait of the prison system, but viewed from the inside-out: through the cinder block walls, the steel gates and razor wires, at the American landscape beyond it.


Date: Wednesday, December 7th
Time: 7pm
Place: 150D Moffitt Library
Doors open @ 6:30pm
You must have a Cal Student ID to attend.


The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor prior to the event. The event sponsor is Tim Dilworth, tdilwort@library.berkeley.edu.

Moffitt Opens Up prize winners

Writeable walls at the Moffitt Opens Up event (Photo by Alejandro Serrano for the University Library)

Writeable walls at the Moffitt Library (Photo by Alejandro Serrano for the University Library)

Congratulations to the prize winners from the raffle at the Moffitt Opens Up event on November 2. Information will be emailed to winners with instructions on how to pick up your prize.

iPad 
  • Daniel Tai
  • Kristine Bautista
Polaroid Cube
  • Estefany Rodriguez
  • Annie Tang
  • Tianying Guan
Beats Headphones
  • Ryan Collins
  • Cassandra Ekdawy
  • Jennifer Camberos
  • Jiwook Yoo
  • Rami N Shahatit
  • Sahil Sancheti
  • Neil Shah
  • Zachary Su
  • Nadelyn Lim
  • Audun Gulbrandsen
FSM $20 Gift Card
  • Julia Szinai
  • Colin Mickle
  • Aaron Glover
  • Brian Salazar
  • Nahkoura Mahnassi
  • Ryan Chui
  • Jessica Bermudez
  • Saharai Ortiz
  • Rachel Riddick
  • Betty Li
  • Vy Ly
  • Clark Chen
  • Delphine Ho
  • Huy Ha
  • Heidi Maqueos
  • Sarah Tencher
  • Maaz Khurram
  • Sahil Upadhyay
  • Angelina Tong
  • Giovanni Pacheco
  • Kate Song
  • Valentine Wallace
  • Diego Garcia
  • Henry Kim
  • Andrew Veenstra
  • Micheal Omeka
  • Rodger Pang
  • Vinay Satish
  • Daniel Grubb
  • Kevin Hsu
  • Jonathan Morford
  • Michelle Kung
  • Alison Spencer
  • Chris Ki
  • Marycon Jiro
  • Faraz Kahen
  • Edward Shin
  • Shota Okui
  • Arjun Dave
  • Michelle Cho
  • Shi Zhou
  • Donald Allum
  • Naomi Primero
  • Justin Wang
  • Akira Bai
  • Yonas Kbrom
  • Alexander Takemori
  • Lawrence Fortmuller
  • Simon Liu
  • Kyle Gibson
  • Luming Chen
  • Nikhil Duggirala
  • Suma Gudipati
  • Christie Koay
  • Salman Alahmadi
  • Victor Huang
  • Angeline Hsu
  • Harim Lee
  • Kathryn Rucker
  • Alan Shum
  • Alexandra Hazell
  • Htet Htwe
  • Eric Huynh
  • Jessica Mankewitz
  • Legeng Liu
  • Christopher Qiao
  • Zahraa Alkhaleef
  • Caleb Wyllie
  • Hosai Omran
  • Matthew Hahn
  • Maria Oldiges
  • Elizabeth Li
  • Virginia Hsiao
  • Hamza Khawaja
  • Jenifer Lomeli-Quintero
  • Sarah Lee
  • William Albers
  • Nilbert Pascual
  • Suraj Rampure
  • Rena Dvoretzky
  • Marc Castillo
  • Olivia Leiker
  • Maya Adberg
  • Jennifer Zou
  • Kelsen Kobayashi
  • Frances Song
  • Moira Huang
  • Jessie Kim
  • Lindsey Pfeiffer
  • Howard Ki
  • Pancham Yadav
  • Kyle Tse
  • Katie Sue Johnson
  • Molly-Anne Dameron
  • Brandon Redmon
  • Henry Puckett
  • Atmaja Aswadhati
  • Emiaimi Kato
  • Yan Zhong
  • Kevin Keenan

Moffitt Opens Up: Nov. 2 event celebrates new floors 4 + 5

Students can now enter floors four and five of the Moffitt Library from Sather Road near Memorial Glade. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Students can now enter floors four and five of the Moffitt Library from Sather Road near Memorial Glade. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

After a year of rebuilding, the fourth and fifth floors of the Moffitt Library reopened on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Hundreds of students and staff thronged the reimagined floors, which are expected to become a top study destination thanks to new student-friendly policies, technology services, and a wide variety of flexible spaces.

As the open house attendees explored the new floors, many students buckled down and applied themselves to their work, such as four political science majors who began studying for their midterm in a group room. One said “we were kind of freaking out when we first came in, because Moffitt is so nice now!”

This group expected to be up until about 4 am, because of the exam the next day. “We will use Moffitt a lot,” one said. “Most places on campus, you’re kicked out at 2 am, which isn’t enough time.”

Another added, “I’m all about the snack-friendly policy. To be able to sustain myself while studying is great. No more sneaking!” They praised the quietness of the study room they had claimed, along with the handy USB ports and walls that could be written on.

Up on the fifth floor, a dozen or so new Brody chairs — individual all-inclusive work areas — were soon completely occupied. Marycon Jiro, a biology major, noted “It’s really hard to find one’s own space on campus. A personal space like this, with walls around a comfortable chair, plus my own light and a desk, cuts out visual distraction. It helps me to relax and to concentrate.” Jiro also looks forward to rehearsing presentations in the new Van Houten Presentation Studio.

Younus Al-Bojermi, a junior at UC Berkeley, tries out virtual reality technology for the first time. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Younus Al-Bojermi, a junior at UC Berkeley, tries out virtual reality technology for the first time. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Library staffer Nancy Tran volunteers at the Tech Lending station on the fourth floor. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Library staffer Nancy Tran volunteers at the Tech Lending station on the fourth floor. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

UC Berkeley students Youngwon Choi (left), Daniel Lim and Erin Choi enjoy Cal bear pencils at the open house. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

UC Berkeley students Youngwon Choi (left), Daniel Lim and Erin Choi enjoy Cal bear pencils at the open house. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Jeanette Pastrana, a UC Berkeley second year student, studies in one of the new work lounges. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Jeanette Pastrana, a UC Berkeley second year student, studies in one of the new Brody chairs. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

New Features on 4 + 5
During the afternoon celebration, student demos included virtual reality, drones and 3D printing. Meanwhile, library staff, student groups, and campus partners showed off services and features such as:

A new wellness room earned lots of smiles as students tried out the comfortable lounge chairs and the MetroNap EnergyPod. “It’s great to have a place to go take a quick break and chill out,” one undergrad remarked, “right next to where you’re studying.” Another joked, “I may come here too often.”

The chairs were provided by the ASUC for the REST-Zone initiative, and are reservable for one hour periods.

Moffitt floors four and five now boast living room-like spaces with larger seating areas, and casual chairs and tables which can be flexibly re-arranged. Expansive windows allow for abundant natural light and sweeping views of Memorial Glade.

Matt Wong, a freshman and member of the UAV at UC Berkeley student group, pilots a small drone called “Tiny Bear.” (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Matt Wong, a freshman and member of the UAV at UC Berkeley student group, pilots a small drone called “Tiny Bear.” (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Writeable glass walls are a popular feature throughout the 4th and 5th floors of the Moffitt Library. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Writeable glass walls are a popular feature throughout the fourth and fifth floors of the Moffitt Library. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Associate University Librarian Beth Dupuis, University Librarian Jeff MacKie-Mason, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Cathy Koshland and Professor Bob Jacobsen enjoy the new Moffitt space. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Associate University Librarian Beth Dupuis (left), University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Cathy Koshland and Professor Bob Jacobsen enjoy the new Moffitt space. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Saamia Haqiq, a UC Berkeley senior majoring in political science, makes use of the writeable glass walls during her study time. “This is definitely my new favorite space,” says Haqiq. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Saamia Haqiq, a UC Berkeley senior majoring in political science, makes use of the writeable glass walls during her study time. “This is definitely my new favorite space,” says Haqiq. (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the University Library)

Student Reactions
Matthew Hahn, an MBA/MPH candidate (’17), commented that “Campus really needs new study spaces, especially collaborative ones. The new Moffitt study spaces are ideal because the future of education is about collaboration and teamwork.”

Hahn is also happy about group rooms where he can project from his laptop onto a screen; the wellness room as a place to take a quick break; and the lockers, noting that now he won’t have to lug his belongings around campus all day long.

Akira Bai, likely the first student to eat a meal in the renovated Moffitt, said how glad he was to have a space where he can study and eat at the same time. “There aren’t many places on campus where you can eat indoors. I’m totally happy about the new Moffitt!”

One visitor to the gender-neutral restrooms described himself as “totally in support. I consider myself a progressive and even though these take some getting used to, after that it’s no big deal.” Another student praised the U-shape, and said he thought gender-neutral was a good model for all restrooms.

A low-tech feature in ample supply, whiteboards, came in for repeated praise by students at the open house. One computer science student described them as “essential for every study session.” Another student, Tinh Nguyen, added, “being able to write stuff and have everyone see it is so important. Moffitt has always been my #1 choice of library, and now I’ll be here even more.” When he learned that Moffitt will be open after Thanksgiving for 24 hours, he said “Wow! I’ll always be here.”

Beth Dupuis, who has led the re-envisioning process for Moffitt, commented “It has been a tremendous journey to create a new vision for Moffitt Library. I am so proud to work with all the amazing people who helped develop the ideas and make them come to life. Hearing students rave about the new services and spaces is so satisfying — I can’t wait to see what they do here.”

Student’s gifts for design, tech, and community unite in new Library Makerspace

Francisco Peralta’s enthusiasm for product design and technology is outpaced only by his love of outreach and collaboration. Co-founder of EnableTech, a student-run group that designs solutions to minimize the difficulties of disability, he’s excited about the new Makerspace in Moffitt Library for all those reasons.

The location, Peralta (‘18) says, couldn’t be better. “When a friend and I were first setting up the 3D printers, lots of people approached us to find out what we were doing.” Since the Makerspace is in an open space and not walled off, “it’s going to be a great ecosystem where everyone can communicate and collaborate.”

The 3D printers in Moffitt’s Makerspace enable users to create three dimensional objects by laying down successive layers of material. The advent of this technology has spurred on the Maker movement, a diverse subculture that is reconnecting people to the possibilities of hands-on creation and construction.

Francisco Peralta ('18), co-founder of EnableTech

Francisco Peralta (’18), co-founder of EnableTech (Photo by Aisha Hamilton for the University Library)

EnableTech was cofounded by Peralta with mechanical engineering students Drew MacPherson (’17) and Kevin Haninger (B.S.’12, M.S.’15). Peralta says, “It’s cool because EnableTech offers a platform where people with disabilities can get help. Could be someone like me with my prosthetic leg, or someone with Parkinson’s or in a wheelchair, who needs help with tasks like opening windows.” Current or potential projects include:

  • a glove that provides greater grip strength for people with spinal cord injuries
  • an app that will make it easier for people with physical disabilities to get emergency assistance, and
  • a low-cost robotic arm to assist people in wheelchairs.

Along with product design, prototyping and manufacturing, the organizational side of EnableTech is a focus for Peralta. As in industry, team projects follow timelines and multiple design reviews, including a final project review and self-evaluation. “I’m a perfectionist,” he acknowledges, “and I enjoy constantly thinking how to make things better and better.”

UC Berkeley’s long history with disability rights and the nationally recognized
Disabled Students’ Program were part of Peralta’s attraction to the school. “I couldn’t think of a better place to be,” says Peralta, who was born without a femur.

Raised in Chile and in southern California, Peralta studied robotics in high school and arrived at Berkeley as a mechanical engineering major. But when he took a cognitive science class suggested by a fraternity brother he “fell in love,” as he puts it, and changed his major.

“Understanding the brain will enable me to design better — and it also helps me to get through rough moments, like dealing with stress and setbacks.” This semester he is especially enjoying a philosophy course on the theory of meaning, which helps him “think more expansively about the world and about people.”

Despite the demands of his coursework and EnableTech, Peralta finds time for an active social life and for exercise. In October he participated in his second triathlon through the Challenged Athletes Foundation, completing the swimming relay. “I’ve learned enough about dopamine in my cognitive science classes to really appreciate the value of exercise!,” he says.

Support from the UC Berkeley Student Technology Fund made the purchase of Moffitt’s 3D printers possible. The venture represents a partnership between the University Library, Educational Technology Services, and Student Affairs Information Technology.

Video: Moffitt 4+5 reveal vision for the future of Cal libraries

We’ve transformed the top floors of the Moffitt Library into an innovative, 24-hour study and collaboration space. The next step is to reimagine the lower floors and create a connected learning hub that further inspires and empowers all Berkeley students.

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